Last week I featured the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2016 Simply White. Let’s keep the color palette conversation going, shall we? Many decorating moons ago, the color wheel of decorating fortune landed on the color palette jackpot. Jackpot of inspiration, that is.
The decorating jackpot was, in fact, a realization which forever changed my way of thinking and decorating. Combining classic elegance with modern chic in the places and spaces of the houses Dave the Builder and I were flipping met with the delight of the real estate buying public. That is one test, if passed, that will validate the design and decorating choices you are making.
Transitional or traditional with a modern twist offers the best of both decorating style worlds. I quickly discovered transitional colors play well with traditional styles and the traditional fall color palette. Don’t get me wrong, I am totally on design board with the classic warm tones and colors generally associated with the fall color palette, but at the same time I don’t strictly adhere to the if it isn’t broke don’t fix it rule of thumb.
Thumbing through fan decks, color chips and shelter magazines for color inspiration connected the dots between color as an accent and color as the focal point. I believe we can all agree color anchors, emphasizes, enlivens and transforms a space. For those times when a space calls for a powerhouse pop of color, may I present a collection of transitional colors or your decorating consideration.
Traditional Home ~ Paint Colors Upon Request
Common, expected and (dare I say it) traditional choices can be a “safe” decorating choice, but at the same time a boring choice. I recently saw the image below and attached quote from Isaac Mizrahi on House Beautiful’s Facebook page. I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Mizrahi if by tasteful he means boring.
“I’m all about exuberance. We only have one short life to live, and we shouldn’t waste it being tasteful.”
Try implementing an uncommon color choice into an otherwise common color situation. Take a chance, folks. Trying new things is what puts the fresh and fun in decorating.
One Kings Lane ~ Paint Colors Upon Request
Let’s look at a around our house favorite, decorating with antiques. When it comes to decorating with period antique pieces and the selection of complementing or even contrasting decorative accessories, my advice is to think outside of the crayon color box. Neutral, schmeutral- pop the color to it.
Vivid, strong and brilliant transitional colors emphasize and heighten the rich color pigments found in rosewood, mahogany, oak and walnut woods.
Color is and always will be an integral component to tying the total look of the space together. I call it hitting the color palette jackpot.